Cumbria Crack

Man admits stealing Sellafield equipment which was then listed on eBay


[A] SELLAFIELD worker who stole equipment from the site which was then listed for sale on eBay has been told he could be jailed.

Nicholas Hanna, 27, faced two theft charges when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court this morning (MON).

Hanna admitted stealing two pressure calibrators – a Druck DP610 and a Beamex MC6 – both of which belonged to Sellafield Ltd. The thefts took place between December 4 and 22 last year at a time when the prosecution say he was working at the West Cumbria site.

Both items are said to have been listed for sale on the eBay website following the thefts, before being found in Manchester and Scotland.

It is said no contamination risk was posed to the workforce, public or environment.

Each of the pressure calibrators is said to have a replacement cost of £16,500.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case, Hanna, of King Street, Maryport, was granted bail. He is due to be sentenced at the crown court on September 19.

“All options are open for the judge who sentences you in that date, including immediate imprisonment,” Judge Adkin told the defendant.

In a statement released after today’s hearing, a Sellafield spokesman said: ”

“For legal reasons we are unable to comment on the details of this case, which is now the subject of active court proceedings.”

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